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by Eve Ensler

“Why has all this focus on security made me feel so much more insecure? Nothing is secure. And this is the good news. But only if you are not seeking security as the point of your life.”–Eve EnslerWhen her stage play The Vagina Monologues became a runaway hit and an international sensation, Eve Ensler emerged as a powerful voice and champion for women everywhere. Now the brilliant playwright gives us her first major work written exclusively for the printed page. Insecure at Last is a timely and urgent look at our security-obsessed world, the drastic measures taken to keep us safe, and how we can truly experience freedom by letting go of the deceptive notion of vigilant “protection.”Ensler draws on personal experiences and candid interviews with burka-clad women in Afghanistan; female prisoners in upstate New York; survivors at the Superdome after Katrina; and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan–sharing unforgettable snapshots that chronicle a post-9/11 existence in which hyped obsession for safety and security has undermined our humanity. The us-versus-them mentality, Ensler explains, has closed our minds and hardened our compassionate hearts. Provocative, illuminating, inspiring, and boldly envisioned, Insecure at Last challenges us to reconsider what it means to be free, to discover that our strength is not born out of that which protects us. Ensler offers us the opportunity to reevaluate our everyday lives, expose our vulnerability, and, in doing so, experience true freedom and fulfillment.From the Hardcover edition.
Download Insecure at Last: A Political Memoir epub
ISBN: 0812973666
ISBN13: 978-0812973662
Category: Politics
Subcategory: Politics & Government
Author: Eve Ensler
Language: English
Publisher: Villard; Reprint edition (December 26, 2007)
Pages: 224 pages
ePUB size: 1653 kb
FB2 size: 1583 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 381
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Eve Ensler continues to speak to me in this book, as she addresses the mindset and politics of "security". She illuminates the real needs of people and reminds us of our interdependence, our need to be treated with kindness and that security is, or can be, a trap that encourages us to fear. Not her best, in my opinion, but well worth reading. Her ability to be and show her own vulnerability is powerful.
I started this book thinking it was something else entirely. What I found were heart wrenching stories, insights on power, and glimpses to where insecurity/security plays out in my own little world.
I've read everything she has written. She fascinates me.
for anyone seeking broad and uncommon perspectives. I found this work to be far more than a political memoir. Ms. Ensler hits so many nails on the head it is difficult to choose one for discussion here. Read this book; you will think, cry, and find your hidden outrage. Then, you will be moved to action small or great.
This book is informative as well as stirring. It is an honest account of the authors early abuse by her father. She brilliantly turns this rage into awareness and fundraiser for abused women all all over the world
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If you saw "The Vagina Monologues" or if you didn't, you will absolutely love this book by Eve Ensler. She tells stories of women across all economic and geographical boundaries with humor, graciousness and compassion. Sit down to it, sister and read, read, read!
I shared this book with 3 others. We all liked the book very much - but we all saw things in the book differently. So - it was a fast read (could not stop ourselves)and provided us with much to discuss.
Even though I don't feel like reviewing much these days, I knew I had to write about this book I just finished. It's a political memoir by Eve Ensler, most famous for her play `The Vagina Monologues'. It deals with her travels to war torn countries visiting women who have been raped, had their families murdered, & for some, living under fundamentalist rule. Basically, all the women have unstable, insecure futures. They don't know what will happen next to them, but a strong few are rising up to challenge the status-quo.

Throughout the book Ensler speaks of her own need for security & reveals her troubled childhood with an abusive father & submissive mother who always seemed to be there, but never offered aid. She speaks in a somewhat rushed tone about how Americans seek out security, how 9/11 disrupted that, & goes on a rant about how the wars in Afghanistan & Iraq were unnecessary. I'll agree with her on many points, because cultural problems/conflicts can rarely be solved with arms (see Vietnam for example). I'll also agree about how Americans as a whole search for security & have been blinded by the government into a singular way of thinking about how we can achieve it.

What I didn't understand was her approach to how we can address the problems in the world. For example, she visits Afghanistan while it was under Taliban rule & mentions how women are treated poorly, even beaten, raped, & murdered. I wonder, in her mind, what would have been the proper approach to removing the Taliban if invading with a military was wrong.

Overall, I was touched by the personal stories she shared & how she allowed to feel for the women, rather than maintaining a more distant, icy approach to the crimes against them. But I would have liked to hear her solutions or proposals to what should have been the proper response to 9/11 & how we in the West can better serve the interests of the third world & the oppressed.